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    New Chiang Mai - Mandalay Route

    The new route will fly twice per week, on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, according to Yin Yin Nyo Myint, commercial director of Asian Wings, who added that Saturday flights will begin on Feb 15, 2014.
    http://www.irrawaddy.org/business/as...ai-flight.html

    Could be handy.
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    I would love to see Mandalay...

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    Definitely don't go for the nightlife .... even I struggled to find any!
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    Nightlife was not too flash in Yangon to be fair. We did find some but Bangkok it ain't...

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    Mandalay being a religious center - has very arcane restrictions on nightlife. Also - its a very young city, founded 13 Feb 1857, so its the surrounding sites of Ava, Saggiang, Mount Popa that are the draw. Mandalay is a 'grid city' and has a heavy Chinese influence - Kipling never even set foot there when he wrote his famous poem.

    It's actually where the British set Burma on its tragic path of military junta overlords, by exiling the King to India creating a power vacuum that the military filled after the British Raj collapsed. The great palace was raised completely by Allied bombing ... but the reconstruction is not a bad effort ... the Great Drum Tower is about all the the original that remains.

    Mandalay Hill and its revered pagoda offer great views over the city, and the Mahamuni Buddha Image Temple is considered the finest Buddha image ever created ... along with the great Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Yangon and The Golden Rock, its the part of the triplet of Myanmar's most treasured Buddhist sites and is indeed well worth visiting.
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    The 'Road to Rangoon' wouldn't sound quite right would it? I've never read this before:

    When the mist was on the rice-fields an' the sun was droppin' slow,
    She'd git 'er little banjo an' she'd sing "Kulla-lo-lo!
    With 'er arm upon my shoulder an' 'er cheek agin my cheek
    We useter watch the steamers an' the hathis pilin' teak.
    Elephints a-pilin' teak
    In the sludgy, squdgy creek,
    Where the silence 'ung that 'eavy you was 'arf afraid to speak!
    On the road to Mandalay...

    But that's all shove be'ind me - long ago an' fur away
    An' there ain't no 'busses runnin' from the Bank to Mandalay;
    An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells:
    "If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught else."
    No! you won't 'eed nothin' else
    But them spicy garlic smells,
    An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly temple-bells;
    On the road to Mandalay...
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